On Friday 1st February, Fabian met a group of constituents, members of the Sikh Temple in Chapeltown Road who presented the local signatories of a petition protesting against persecution of members of their community in India.

Fabian meets members of the Sikh Temple at his constituency office

The Indian government still has the death penalty on its statute and the Indian government is accused of using this against those who it regards as political dissidents. In particular Sikhs in the UK are calling for clemency in respect for Balwant Singh Rajona who has been sentenced to death by the Indian courts. The Sikh community in India has also been fearful of attacks from local mobs and fears that the state is not prioritising their protection with the same vigour as would be done for other religious groups.

Throughout the UK Sikhs have collected a petition of over 100000 signatories asking our government in Westminster to do more to bring about reform in India. They are specifically calling for India to sign both the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the UN Charter against Torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment which encompasses the death penalty.

Leeds NE constituent Mr Prem Duggal, committee member of the Sikh Temple shows some the pages of the many local signatories of the petition

Fabian Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs and works to champion the views of the Sikh Community to his colleagues at Westminster and to those in government.